Athletic News & Info
Senior Golfers Akers and Graham Go D1!
On August 20, 2015, Class of ’16 Senior golfers Chris Akers and Aaron Graham both committed to play golf at the collegiate level.
Akers, who has committed to play for Coach Press McPhaul at Eastern Carolina University, was an All-CAA and Citizen-Times All WNC selection last Spring, during which time he maintained a stroke average of 73.4 for 18-hole matches. He shot a two-day score of 150 (78-72) to place in the top-10 at the NCISAA 3A tournament. Although ECU’s golf team was named All-Academic by the Golf Coaches Association of America, Akers made his decision based off of feel. “Once I stepped foot on campus, I could feel the love within the school, people, and the community. I felt comfortable with the coaching staff and especially with my teammates. I truly believe they have the best chemistry in the nation.” He went on to add, “I feel like I made the right decision and it’s a perfect place to play.” You can follow the team on twitter @ECUMensGolf.
Graham, who is committing to play at Appalachian State, says it was his connection to Head Coach Bill Dicus that helped lead him to his decision. “We instantly hit it off. They have a great program and excellent academics. It is just the right decision.” Though his excitement for App State golf is evident, his love for the Christ School program is even more apparent. “I have learned so much from the older golfers and my teammates. Christ School has meant everything to me.” Follow the App State Men’s Golf team @appstategolf.
Christ School’s Head Golf Coach, who led the team to a State Runner-Up finish last golf season, is “really excited about this senior class. They have been a hardworking group.” This impressive senior class has contributed to two State Championships and two State Runners-Up finishes in their time at Christ School. Coach went on to say, “These seniors will leave such a positive mark on the program, school, and young members of the team. These first two commitments are a testament to their continued determination.”
2015-16 Opens With Record Enrollment
Students began arriving on campus this week for Early Sports, an opportunity for varsity athletes to begin preparing for the year ahead. The varsity soccer team, under Head Coach Guy Campbell, gears up for their match against Owen High School on Wednesday, August 19, while Head Coach Mark Moroz and the varsity football team are hard at work practicing for the upcoming season.
They will be followed next week by the rest of the student body, a record 271 students in all. This year we welcome students from sixteen states and four countries, 20 sets of brothers, and 43 Christ School legacies. Registration kicks off on Friday, August 21 for seniors and returning day students, and Saturday, August 22 for all other students. Classes begin Monday, August 24.
Take a peek at the Opening Day 2015:
(Photo: Associated Press)
It was announced at a June 29 press conference that Mason Plumlee will be reclaiming his old Christ School jersey number (No. 24) with the Portland Trail Blazers. “I take seriously building a culture here, and you do that with character,” says Coach Terry Stotts of Plumlee and the two other team members introduced at the conference. “These three guys certainly fit into that.” Plumlee graduated from Christ School in 2009 after guiding the Greenies to three NCISAA 3-A championships.
Greenie Ryan Zwier '16 was selected to the Asheville Citizen-Times ALL WNC team as a 1st Team utility player "after batting a Western North Carolina-best .536."
Teammate Anthony Vaglica '15 was named to the 2nd ALL WNC team as the designated hitter.
The Asheville Citizen-Times named Greenie Senior Jonathan Rector the Player of the Year for the ALL WNC Golf Team. The newspaper notes that Jonathan "is a repeat selection" having won the same honor last year. Rector had an outstanding season that included winning the 2015 NCISAA 3A State individual championship and was also the Carolina Athletic Association Player of the Year. Jonathan has signed to play golf at Clemson University.
Additionally, Junior Chris Akers and Freshman Carson Ownbey were selected to the ALL WNC team joining Rector to place 3 Greenies on the team.
Christ School Football Skills & Development Camp
July 7-9, 2015 | (ages 12-15)
School is out for the summer, but Christ School's campus is still active! Whether you want to stay connected or get to know us, our Football Skills & Development Camp is a great way to experience what Christ School has to offer. We still have a few spots left, so register today to reserve your place.
At the Christ School Football Skills & Development Camp, our passionate and knowledgeable coaches have High School, NCAA, and NFL playing and coaching experience to provide a positive camp experience for all athletes ages 12-15.
With a player to coach ratio of 5:1, campers are ensured to receive personal and specific instruction based on their individual needs and goals. Christ School Football Skills & Development Camp welcomes all skill levels and provides a personalized and fun learning environment.
Meet our Coaches
|MARK MOROZ – CAMP DIRECTOR|
|ATHLETE: COLLEGE||(All-ACC, All-American, Wake Forest All Decade team)|
|ATHLETE: NFL||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004)|
|ATHLETE: CFL||Toronto Argonauts (2005) / Hamilton Tigercats (2006)|
|COACH: Wake Forest||2007/2008 (Orange Bowl appearance, ACC Conference champs, Meineke Car Care bowl)|
|COACH: Christ School||(Overall record 35-10)|
|Heath Shuler||Playing experience: University of Tennessee;
Heisman Trophy Runner-up;
All SEC / All American;
1st round draft pick (3rd overall) by the Washington Redskins
|Bryan Ray||Playing experience: College: Wake Forest (All-ACC)
NFL: Carolina Panthers
Playing Experience: College: University of Memphis;
|Rob Lewis||Playing experience: College: Virginia Tech University|
|Cody Searcy||Playing experience: College: Brevard College|
Register for camp today! www.christschool.org/footballcamp
The End of Year Sports Awards were announced during a ceremony in the Mebane Field House May 16, 2015.
Bill Sewell Hustle Award: McKinley Bell '18
Pat James Athletic Award: William Fleming '17
Mike Knighton Sportsmanship Award: Sage Holley '17
Senior Athletic Cup: Anthony Vaglica '15
Christ School Interim Athletic Director Duncan Parham presided over the Spring Sports Awards May 15, 2015.
Baseball - Coach Pat James
Most Valuable - Anthony Vaglica Most Improved - Quincy Grant
Golf - Coach Eric Thorp
Most Valuable - Jonathan Rector Most Improved - Aaron Graham and Carson Ownbey
Lacrosse - Coach Jeff Miles
Most Valuable - Jack Ruch Most Improved - Scott Ullstein
Tennis - Coach Laneal Vaughn
Most Valuable - Alex Dunn Most Improved - Liam Pulsifer
Track - Coach Doug Embler
Most Valuable - Payton Lange Most Improved - Marcellos Allison and Graham Lail
Lacrosse - advanced to semi-finals with 15-9 victory over Charlotte Christian and will face #1 Charlotte Latin on Thursday.
Golf - Jonathan Rector won 1st hole of playoff with a birdie to become Medalist and Greenies are State Runners-Up.
Baseball - lost in the semi-final round 10-3 at #1 Wesleyan Christian.
Tennis - lost 9-0 at #2 Cary Academy.
Senior Jonathan Rector birdied the 1st playoff hole to win the NCISAA 3A State Championship at the Dye Course at Sedgefield. Both Rector and Will Gordon, Cannon School, shot a 1 under par 69 on day 2 to finish tied with a 2-day total even par 140. The Greenies are the State Runners-Up with a 587 score, 11 shots behind Cannon School, but 28 shots ahead of 3rd place Charlotte Christian.
Link to Asheville Citizen-Times article.
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